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David Jeffrey Frum is a Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, F rum later authored the first book about Bush's presidency written by a former member of the administration.
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Slouching Towards Utopia
An Economic History of the Twentieth Century
J. Bradford DeLong - 2022-09-06
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An instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller from one of the world’s leading economists, offering a grand narrative of the century that made us richer than ever, yet left us unsatisfied. "A magisterial history."—​Paul Krugman Before 1870, humanity lived in dire poverty, with a slow crawl of invention offset by a growing population. ...
David Frum
2022-06-17T13:52:16.000Z
I learned so many fascinating details from Bradford DeLong economic history 1870-2010 It's a book of big ideas, but fascinatingly illumined by the small details of how growth & progress happened      source
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Divided Memory
The Nazi Past in the Two Germanys
Jeffrey Herf - 1999-03-31 (first published in 1997)
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A significant new look at the legacy of the Nazi regime, this book exposes the workings of past beliefs and political interests in how - and how differently - the two Germanys have recalled the crimes of Nazism, from the anti-Nazi emigration of the 1930s through the establishment of a day of remembrance for the victims of National Socialism in 1996...
David Frum
2022-05-18T17:03:24.000Z
I'm a huge enthusiast for Herf's book on the politics of memory in postwar East and West Germany      source
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Fellow Travelers
A Novel
Thomas Mallon - 2007-04-24
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It's 1950s Washington, D.C.: a world of bare-knuckled ideology and secret dossiers, dominated by personalities like Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Joe McCarthy. Enter Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. An encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller...
David Frum
2022-03-15T03:15:34.000Z
@paxr55 @jkirchick Very good book, I read it      source
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How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan - 2019-05-14 (first published in 2018)
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New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018 A New York Times Notable BookThe #1 New York Times bestseller.A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiencesWhen Michael Pollan set out to research how LS...
David Frum
2022-01-10T17:14:52.000Z
Meantime, greatly learning from Mark Thompson's book on the Italian front in WW1      source
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China's Trapped Transition
The Limits of Developmental Autocracy
Minxin PEI - 2009-06-30 (first published in 2006)
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The rise of China as a great power is one of the most important developments in the twenty-first century. But despite dramatic economic progress, China's prospects remain uncertain. In a book sure to provoke debate, Minxin Pei examines the sustainability of the Chinese Communist Party's reform strategy--pursuing pro-market economic policies under o...
David Frum
2021-09-24T17:15:29.000Z
Also going to re-recommend Minxin Pei's important book, China's Trapped Transition. My review here      source
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Tangled Up in Blue
Policing the American City
Rosa Brooks - 2021-02-09
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Journalist and law professor Rosa Brooks goes beyond the blue wall of silence in this radical inside examination of American policingIn her forties, with two children, a spouse, a dog, a mortgage, and a full-time job as a tenured law professor at Georgetown University, Rosa Brooks decided to become a cop. A liberal academic and journalist with an e...
David Frum
2021-01-25T22:51:09.000Z
Such a fantastic book by ⁦@brooks_rosa⁩ Among other great qualities, so very funny      source
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The Business of America is Lobbying
How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)
Lee Drutman - 2017-05-01 (first published in 2015)
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Corporate lobbyists are everywhere in Washington. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 represent business. The largest companies now have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them. How did American businesses become so invested in politics? And what does all their money buy? Drawing on extensive data and original interviews...
David Frum
2020-11-24T12:56:26.000Z
A great addition to awareness of the risks of lobbying to a democratic system is @leedrutman excellent book "The Business of America is Lobbying"      source
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Audience of One
Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America
James Poniewozik - 2019-09-10
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An incisive cultural history that captures a fractious nation through the prism of television and the rattled mind of a celebrity president.Television has entertained America, television has ensorcelled America, and with the election of Donald J. Trump, television has conquered America. In Audience of One, New York Times chief television critic Jam...
David Frum
2020-11-12T15:42:38.000Z
Great article, and a reminder that @poniewozik book "Audience of One" is one of the enduringly valuable books from the Trump era      source
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Before the Oath
How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power
Martha Joynt Kumar - 2015-06-30
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It’s one of the hallmarks of American democracy: on inauguration day, the departing president heeds the will of the people and hands the keys to power to a successor. The transition from one administration to the next sounds simple, even ceremonial. But in 2009, as President George W. Bush briefed President-elect Barack Obama about the ongoing wars...
David Frum
2020-11-06T15:19:39.000Z
Here's the book on the most professional, most amicable, and most successful presidential transition in US history, Bush-Obama 2009. Useful comparative reading as we prepare for the most chaotic, embittered, and destructive.      source
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The Inevitability of Tragedy
Henry Kissinger and His World
Barry Gewen - 2020-04-28
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The Inevitability of Tragedy is a fascinating intellectual biography of Henry Kissinger that examines his unique role in government through his ideas. It analyzes the continuing controversies surrounding Kissinger’s policies in such places as Vietnam and Chile by offering an understanding of his definition of realism; his seemingly amoral belief th...
David Frum
2020-04-30T00:48:26.000Z
It’s just a spectacular book, worldly and wise. This is not a biography of Kissinger alone, but a profound study of the influence of exiles from Nazism on their country of refuge.      source
Doing Justice by Preet Bharara
What Is Populism? by Jan-Werner Müller
The War on Cops by Heather Mac Donald
Germany by Neil MacGregor
Battle Tactics of the Civil War by Paddy Griffith
Taste of War by Lizzie Collingham
It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway by David Satter
Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism by Donald T. Critchlow
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner